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Spokane County Fair & Expo Center and the Spokane Indians Team Up for Wildfire Relief

Indians, Spokesman-Review, and KHQ to make donation to wildfire victims in lieu of fireworks at Saturday's game
August 26, 2016

SPOKANE, WA - The Spokane County Fair & Expo Center and the Spokane Indians baseball team have teamed up to help support the firefighting efforts in the region. Firefighters from all over the state have been using the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center and parking areas of Avista Stadium as a staging area while they work to contain the fires that started last week.

"We are pleased to be able to work together with the Spokane Indians and use our combined resources to aid these firefighters," said Rich Hartzell, Director of the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. "Both parties have made concerted efforts to help during this busy time of year in order to protect the safety of our community."  

The baseball team's Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, August 27 was originally scheduled to have post-game fireworks, but the area typically used for the promotion is being utilized by the Incident Management Teams as a base camp to fight wildfires near Spokane.

"We want to thank the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center and the Spokane Indians for being such great hosts," said Matt Ugaldea, Unit Leader Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 11. "They have been very accommodating and allowed us to concentrate our efforts on fighting the area's fires."

In lieu of the post-game fireworks on Saturday, the Spokane Indians, the Spokesman-Review, and KHQ will make a donation to local wildfire victims.

"We felt it was important for the team to step up and help those affected by the recent wildfires," said Chris Duff, General Manager for the Spokane Indians. "It has been inspiring to see our community rally together in support of those in need."

For more information, please contact the Indians at (509) 535-2922 or [email protected].

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